Sunday, 20 July 2014

Roches Point

Today was a lovely Sunday afternoon spent with the OH and Luke. We started off by having lunch with the family in my parents, my sister made delicious panini's!
We decided to head to a beach of some kind today seeing as the weather was so warm. I had planned on going to Inch beach near Whitegate in Cork but I am ashamed to say I got lost! Having lived in that area on and off for 3 years during my time working in Trabolgan years ago you would think I'd know my way! I'll blame the baby brain (still!) for that one. It worked out quite well anyway because while we were spinning around trying to find our way Luke had a nap and woke just as we reached our destination.
We finally found our way back to Whitegate and stopped off at the shop to refuel. The playground here is actually one of the best I've been in too so we let Luke have a run around in there, he loves climbing on top of the slide and looking out at everyone and everything. Of course the ice cream van came around at the same time so the OH insisted we get some!
We went on our way to Roches Point which at the entrance to Cork harbour. It's such a lovely tiny village, I'd love to live there in one the colourful houses, I could imagine sitting by the window in the Winter and watching the waves crash.
Although Luke has been on a beach before this was his first time getting his feet wet, we found a little rock pool for him to get his feet wet in and of course he just had to sit down in it! Luckily we had a change of clothes. He had his first feel of seaweed to and had great fun throwing it around. It probably wasn't the most ideal beach to bring him too as its quite rocky but the trek to the sandy beach next to it was too much in the heat today (it involves a big hill!).
We finished off our day doing a bit of shopping and then having homemade lasagne for dinner.

This is the way all Sundays should be spent :)
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

*Luke is sporting a rather stylish plaster due to a nasty fall in his Nanny and Grandad's garden yesterday, I'm more traumatised by it than he is I think, it's his first cut...the first of many I keep being told!!*

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette - #ReadWithMe

Yay I'm delighted to be able to take part in Chantelle's linky #ReadWithMe again, I didn't think I would but I have started reading a new book recently.
I used to be a regular reader and it was one of my favourite past times but since becoming a parent I don't think I've read one book! I finished one just before L was born in June 2013. This is appalling for me! Me and Mum would often swap books, she practically has her own library at home.
So since seeing the #ReadWithMe linky and Chantelle so kindly sent me a list of books I might like, I've decided to make more of an effort to read books again.

My book this week is one that has been on my shelf for a while and I started it a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm only as far as the introduction but so far so good. I really wanted to just get a kick start on joining  in this linky so I don't have much to base my post on but a quick over view is:

Ask Your Guides is a book about contacting your spiritual guides if you are into that sort of thing of course. In the introduction alone the authors tone is very friendly and easy going and not too heavy as some of these kind of books can be. I often find it hard to concentrate on these kind of books if they are all too serious.
This book goes through things like the difference between angels and spirit guides, where your spirit guide comes from, who they are and how many you have as well as explaining how you can work with them daily.
I'm a firm believer in the spiritual and angel world and am delighted to have found a book that, so far, is explaining these world's to me.

I hope to get around to finishing this book in the next few weeks as there are a few exercises that need to be completed at the end of some of the chapters.
I've decided that my lunch breaks at work shall be spent reading instead of surfing the net, seeing as I'm looking at a computer screen all day at work turning off and reading for an hour will be a welcome break :)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Are You That Parent? I Am

I came to a horrible realisation this morning that I'm a certain kind of parent, one that is paining me to admit.

Hi, my name is Louise and I am a Control Freak Parent. There, it's out, I've admitted it now please don't hold it against me.

I know I've always had control issues, not with people but more with my surroundings if that makes sense. I'm of the attitude that if I want something done properly I may as well do it myself, a bit of perfectionist at times. I won't go into details but the OH wouldn't have been blamed for walking out on me one time over my issues with his painting in the living room.. I was 7 months pregnant at the time so I'm gonna put that incident down to hormones as well and we had just moved house, it was a very stressful time!
So when I recently read an article about this kind of parent alarm bells went toff in my head, oh dear God that's me!
I'm the parent who does it all, I'm tired, frazzled trying to make sure everything is done, ready and prepped for the next day, always running around, there's always something to be done.
The baby needs to be washed, fed, put to bed, the dog needs to be walked, fed and watered, the washing needs to be done, the hoovering needs to be done, the dishwasher needs to be emptied, the dinner needs to be cooked and what about that pile of washing that's been sitting in a basket on the upstairs landing for the past week?! That's not going to put itself away is it?! We won't even mention the ironing basket that's over flowing over the stairs banister.
I'm always the one doing it all. chasing my tail trying to keep up with everything as well as hold down a full time job. Sure look I have to do it all myself if I want it done the right way don't I?

Well no actually I don't, I just need to realise that MY way isn't necessarily the right way or the only way.
I believe it is a common attitude of the mother's to take on. For me my protectiveness plays a part in this and I just need to make sure everything is always ready for Luke, that he doesn't have to experience the standards slipping and seeing as I put those standards there then obviously it's up to me to keep them and nothing irritates me more then someone saying "Oh that's not like you" or "you're usually so organised / tidy /clean etc".

However, I have a very willing and capable Other Half, in fact seeing as we both work full time at the moment everything is really split down the middle, he takes as much care of Luke as I do, the only thing he doesn't do is the bedtime bottle because that's my favorite part of the day, time to wind down and relax with my Boy after a busy day and have some cuddles before he goes off to the land of nod.
The household jobs fall on me but that's because I allow them too, the OH will happily whip out the hoover or hang out the washing or empty the dishwasher, sure most times I have to ask him to do it rather than he just doing it off his own back but still that lightens my load that day when I share some of the jobs with him and just because he may not hang out the washing the same way I do, in fact we do it completely differently, that's ok. There's no need for me to freak out, he lived on his own for long enough before I came along so he's well able to keep a house.
Of course he's not a mind reader and I'm sure when he comes in of an evening he doesn't see what I see, he thinks the baby is in bed, work is done now I can relax. I'm incapable of that most days.
Last night I even saw myself doing it with Luke, he was crying from his cot, the OH was upstairs and went in, I straight away ran up and was like "It's ok, mum is here" and automatically took Luke as if I was the only person that would be able to soothe him. Of course it's my mother's instinct but the OH and Luke have a super strong bond so there was no need for me to go in and take control.

Now my pain in the ass controlling manner works in my favour too sometimes, it makes me organised at work, prepared for all eventualities if away somewhere, I know where exactly all of the important papers are at home (in organised folders in a storage box in my room that nobody is allowed to touch!), etc but when it comes to parenting / home life maybe I need to take it down a notch and remember that there are 2 of us there, it doesn't always have to be me that does everything. We can lighten the load for each other, make the mammoth task of everyday life with full time work and a baby and a dog that bit easier on each other by me loosening my grip and accepting that not everything needs to be done perfectly, the house doesn't need to be shining every single day and that while I have Mother's instinct the OH also has his Father's instinct.

Or not 

*I may be posting this to my detriment when I have a day where I cannot remember all of the above but I've admitted now so no going back!*

Monday, 7 July 2014

Beetroot and Carrot Salad

There's nothing I love more than finding a new food or concoction of foods to eat especially a healthy kind.
This is my latest favourite and went down a treat at lunchtime with some delicious bread from the Alternative Bread Company in the English Market here in Cork city.

3x Carrots

1x Small jar of Beetroot (this was all I had in the house)

1x Tblsp Balsamic Vinegar

1x Tsp of Honey


  • Peel and grate the carrots
  • Chop up the beetroot into small pieces
  • Put in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar and honey and mix together

Simple as that! Perfect accompaniment for any lunch.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Me & Mine June

What a busy June we've had! Lots of photo's taken but managed just one "good" one of the 3 of us, I was behind the camera most of the time.
This month saw us celebrate the big 1st birthday and what wonderful celebrations we had! There was a lovely party in Nanny and Grandad's house where we had lots of nice food, cake and of course a bouncy castle. Luke really was spoiled by everyone who came, we are still trying to find some space for all of his new toys!
June also saw me return to work on a 5 day week for the Summer months. So far it's not too bad, we are so busy at work that the days fly but I do feel it tugging on my heart strings when I feel like I haven't spent some proper time with Luke by the end of the week. Come September again though I will be back on a 4 day week all going well.
As well as holding a party we've also been attending them, Luke loves a good party!
The weather has been glorious this past month except for the odd day here and there so most of our time has been spent in the garden. Due to the hot weather Luke has figured out eh can actually sleep without his sleep bag! He wouldn't settle before unless he was in it but now has no problem going into bed without it.
Of course the new arrival to our family in the shape of Murphy, the 9 month old boxador has been keeping us busy. He's a typical happy, hyper puppy who likes to get up to a bit of mischief now and then.
I can't believe we are already half way through the year and have 6 family portraits. I think it's so nice and important for Luke to be able to look back on pictures of him and his Mum and Dad no matter what.

This month Luke loves:

  • Bouncing on the bouncy castles
  • Riding his new trike
  • Running - this started in the last few days, oh my nerves!
This month Dad loves:
  • His new iPhone
  • Watching the World Cup
  • Having a dog around the house
This month Mum loves:
  • Watching Luke hit the big milestone of turning 1
  • Walking in the evenings with the dog
  • Actually getting a bit of a tan from the sun for once!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Lost My Name - A Review

So we received a lovely little package in the door last week, one I had been waiting on eagerly since we ordered it!
The lovely people over at Lost My Name sent us one of their very awesome personalised books.
I was able to go to on to the website, type in Luke's name and gender and wait a few seconds while his very own book was being created for him. I then got to preview the book before actually having to confirm my order.
It's a wonderfully adventurous book all about a little boy (Luke) who has lost his name and goes about trying to find it again. Along the way he meets some very interesting creatures until he finds his name again.

It is such a wonderful idea and suitable for any age as it can be kept as a keepsake. I particularly like the welcoming message at the start of the book, it just adds a little more to that personal touch the book has. It's a great idea for a a present for a new baby or any birthday.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Spells Of Sunshine

I hope everyone has been lapping up this beautiful weather we have been having these past few weeks. It has completely distracted me from my usual evening and weekend routines. It's been so nice to have the back doors open all evening until we go to bed, the sound of the kids playing in the evenings and the dog walking in and out as he pleases, I love the smell of the Summer air, there's something so calming about it. Having such warm bright evenings has kept me motivated to get out and about walking to enjoy them and get things done around the house I had been putting off.
I've spent the last couple of weeks:
Celebrating the 1st birthday, Luke had a wonderful day at his party, the bouncy castle was of course a great hit!
He had his first go in a digger and a dumper with his Grandad at the weekend, a driver in the making so he is!
We've had plenty of sunny afternoons in Nanny and Grandad's back garden where Luke has enjoyed himself in the paddling pool with his big cousins.
There's been a rare date night for myself and the OH, we went for a meal for the first time in ages and then met some friends for some drinks afterwards. It was nice to have a night off.
Of course the most exciting thing these past few weeks is our new addition to the family, our crazy but adorable dog Murphy. This boy is a boxador (I didn't know there was such a dog), obviously a mixture of a boxer and a labrador. He's still only a pup at 9 months old but he has fit right into the family. We re-homed him from a woman who no longer had any time for him. Luke loves him and he's already very protective of Luke. He's a bit of a whiner at the minute, he takes a while to settle down at night but he's a good dog besides that. House trained and obedient and just wants lots of love and attention. Although I'm not sure I'm too fond of having to hoover twice most days but at least I know the floors are getting a good clean!
Work has kicked up a notch now that I'm back on a 5 day week for the Summer months, so far so good where Luke is concerned with it, he spends his time with his Daddy when he's off and then with his Aunty or Nanny. My 4 day week will recommence in September once the busy period is over.

Check out some of our snaps from these sunshine filled few weeks:

The 1st Birthday Celebrations

Digger driving with Grandad 

Being silly on a rare night off 

New best friends :)